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Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Proclamations of Accession of English and British Sovereigns (1547-1952)

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Proclamations of Accession of English and British Sovereigns (1547-1952)



"The fact of the accession of the new monarch is published to the nation by a proclamation which is issued as soon as conveniently may be after the death of the former monarch by the lords spiritual and temporal, members of the late monarch's privy Council and the principal gentlement of quality, with the Lord Mayor, aldermen and citizens of London" (Halsbury's Laws of England 4th ed. reissue, 8(2):40).  The proclamation is not made "by the king/queen" as all other proclamations are.  Nowadays, this is one of the exceptions to the principle that proclamations may legally be made and issued only by authority of the Crown (ibid., 8(2):916). Note, however, that a few proclamations were made pursuant to statute: that of George I in 1714 (6 Anne c. 7, s. 10) and that of Queen Victoria in 1837 (1 Will Iv, c. 2, s. 2).
The proclamation itself does not make the sovereign or effect the accession, it merely publicizes the accession, which took place immediately on the death of the reigning monarch by common law.  The proclamation of the new sovereign is a very old tradition, but the idea that an "accession council" makes it dates to the accession of James I in 1603, when the fact that James I was in Scotland required immediate action.  Before that date, the proclamations were made by the sovereign himself.  I have not found any earlier proclamation; although Henry VII's first proclamation as king announced that the duke of Gloucester was dead, it makes no connection between that fact and his own status as king.

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I am not sure if the links work on this page, however you access the link underneath, you will be able to access the links directly. This explains the procedure of accession

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Pauline Maria

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